Matcha Green Tea: Frozen Granita and Smoothie

by Marla on August 30, 2009 · 2 comments

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I just had a delicious Egg Battered Grilled Cheese for lunch.  Salty, crunchy, ooozy, cheesy & very tasty!  On the heels of such a yummy lunch I am craving something cool, creamy, sweet and caffeinated!!  I am not in the mood for my go-to cocoa granita (rare) or coffee granita (what the??) I glimpse through the pantry and see a beautiful metal Matcha Green Tea container.  YES!!!  My sweet cravings will be conquered with a Matcha Granita.  I am using this icy drink as a post meal treat with virtually no calories.  It can also become a Mini-Meal smoothie if you add protein powder and some creamy coconut milk, soy or almond milk.

Matcha is green tea that is finely ground into a powder.  It lends a beautiful green color and delicate flavor to drinks, green tea ice cream, yogurt parfaits, cakes, etc.  It has a smooth, not bitter flavor.  An added benefit is that Matcha is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and unique amino acids found almost exclusively in green tea.

On my way to swim laps.  This Matcha Smoothie will give me the extra kick to get out into the hot summer air and power through the pool!!!

Matcha Green Tea Granita

single serving

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Tbs Matcha Green Tea Powder (use more or less according to taste preference)
  • Splash of Milk, Soymilk, Rice Milk, Coconut Milk, Almond Milk: your choice
  • Splash of water
  • Sweetener: I use my Sweetleaf Stevia Drops (English Toffee of Vanilla Creme), you could also use Agave, Maple Syrup, Brown Sugar or Honey to sweeten (remember these add calories, if you are don’t want ‘em stick to the Stevia)
  • Ice
  • Optional: A splash of Vanilla or Coconut extract

METHOD

  1. Place in blender.  I use my Rocket Blender.  Blend it all together and Enjoy!!!  Icy, Creamy, Smooth!

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

(single serving)

(This is a more calorie dense preparation.  It can be used as a Mini-Meal.)

  • 1 Tbs Matcha Green Tea Powder (use more or less according to taste preference)
  • A few ounces of any Milk choice (Dairy, Soy, Coconut, Rice, Almond etc), or fat free Greek Yogurt
  • One scoop Protein Powder MRM or Biochem are my Favorites.
  • Sweeten to taste: I use my Sweetleaf Stevia Drops (English Toffee of Vanilla Creme), you could also use Agave, Maple Syrup, Brown Sugar or Honey to sweeten (remember these add calories if you don’t want ‘em stick to the Stevia)
  • Healthy Fat Choice:  Any pure Nut Butter (about 1 Tbs): Almond, Peanut, Cashew, etc. (Nothing but nuts and some salt should be in your nut butter.)  You could also use some Coconut Milk.
  • Ice and maybe a splash of Water to thin it out so your drink blends well.
  • Optional: A splash of Vanilla or Coconut extract

METHOD

  1. Place in blender.  I use my Rocket Blender.  Blend it all together and Enjoy!!!  Icy, Creamy, Smooth!

Fresh Picks: Matcha Sources

DoMatcha

Mighty Leaf Matcha

Matcha Source

Teavana Matcha

Fresh Picks: Coconut Milk

Thai Kitchen (You can buy light or Regular) So Delicious Coconut Milk (Sweetened or Unsweetened)
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